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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 2000

Volume 12, Issue 1

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Science Team Meeting
  • Overview of the upcoming EOS Investigators Working Group Meeting6
  • Report on Landsat Science Team Meeting7
  • Science Articles
  • Why the Earth Observing System matters to all of us9
  • NASA’s Global Change Master Directory—Discovery Source for Earth Science Data11
  • NASA Satellite Greatly Improves Accuracy of Tropical Rainfall Forecasting13
  • El Niño’s Dramatic Impact on Ocean Biology, Carbon Dioxide Captured by Unique Monitoring System16
  • Announcements
  • EOS 44
  • EOS Scientists in the News 14
  • Education Update17
  • Calendars 19

Editor's Corner
Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

Following eleven weeks of on-orbit checkout and verification and a series of eight orbital ascent maneuvers, the Terra spacecraft reached its final orbit on February 24. The final orbit is a sunsynchronous polar orbit with an equator crossing time of 10:45 AM. As such, it is on the same worldwide Reference System ground track and just 40 minutes behind Landsat 7. With the ground system providing excellent support for spacecraft command and control, the data are now beginning to flow, and the preliminary analysis of observations from the five instruments onboard the spacecraft is exciting. The first public release of data from Terra will likely occur around mid-April...

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